Alpinestars Hellcat Riding Jeans
Poor fitment, not very comfortable, don't waste your money.
I usually wear jeans sized 33x32, or 34x32 if they are tight fitting. A friend had these in 32 and they were too tight. I ended up getting the 34's. They must be sized for NBA players because they were ridiculously long, and cannot be hemmed thanks to the zippered cuff. the waist also fit more like a 36 and I had to crank the belt down, which bunched them. I tried to shrink them in the wash but that didn't help. The crotch is too high and pinches the goods when riding, also the "regular" cut is more like a loose/baggy fit. I felt like a Ruff Ryder when I wore them. The hip inserts sit awkward and they don't give you much Velcro to get them properly seated, ended up not using them, which was a selling point for me. They are also extremely heavy, and can be a workout just walking in them. I thought they would be a lot better especially coming from Alpinestars. I regret this purchase and wish I held out for the newer gear coming out. Such as the Riff jeans which to me is exactly what I wanted a riding pant in jean form so I don't look like a power ranger if I get off the bike and go in anywhere. Don't waste your money, and wait for the new stuff, there are better options coming out in this price range.
September 10, 2015
Sorry guys, sending back
The fabric, right on. The protection, AWESOME! The fit...I would have to remove my junk to make them comfortable. I liked the idea of the flex panel in the back, but they are cut so low that my crack was on display. I am 200 pounds 6" tall and they did nit work for me. For the price I want excellence. Who did they cut these for? I choose the 38" waist and the length was perfect! I just wish they would have worked for me, but I don't want to sing soprano! Back to my chaps I guess. Thank you Revzilla for your great return policy. It is why I keep coming back. Mind you, I have never returned anything! Antony spell it out great in the videos. Any suggestion for an alternative?
April 29, 2015
Knee Armor Placement Is Off
I'm 6", but I have small waist. As in the video, I bought my waist size which was 30. I'm a new rider, when I had the pants on it felt like they fit. But then later I realized the knee armor was way to high while riding and sitting in chairs later on. At first I didn't realize it, also there isn't any explanation of where the knee armor is suppose to sit exactly. The knee armor I received was different than what was shown in the video. I don't know if I got an older model or something.
The video says the knee armor is moveable up and down. It barely moves at all, like a few centimeters, doesn't even make a big difference.
If you have a slim body type, I wouldn't recommend these jeans at all, you'll have to get a shorter waist size but then the knee armor will be way to high. Hemming the bottom of the jeans doesn't move the knee armor up and down. I brought it to a tailor and they said it'd be complicated to get it resized properly.
If you only focus on the waist size like the video says, you'll miss the knee armor being in the right size. If the video shows the knee armor and how little it moves up and down, you'd see it doesn't really make a difference.
If the size was great I'd be happy with it. But I already took off the tags only realizing once I was riding that they kept riding up and the knee protectors didn't work at all.
I'm considering just using my motocross knee guards with these pants and removing the CE rated knee pads, but they're too skinny to really fit them underneath well, and over it isn't much protector either.
April 20, 2015
Also for the winter
thick enough for the winter, a bit warm for the summer
January 19, 2015
Quite surprised at how good these look even with knee pads in. Knee pads need to get formed to your knee for a while. Before that they look hectic. I tried them on with the hip pads inserted and the fit was great, but then I put my shorts on and went to remove the hip pads and one of the velcro strips ripped off completely with very little force. It didn't matter much to me since my shorts have better CE rated hip pads but I was a little disappointed that they just came apart so easily. I inspected the seems on the other velcro strip and the rest of the jeans and they all seem top notch. I will most likely remove the other velcro strip now instead of re attaching the one that came off and use my riding shorts underneath.
December 29, 2014
I ended up returning these pants. The denim is a little thin. The styling and fit is awesome. But the deal killer is the length is too long for me and there is no easy way to hem them. Also they are hand wash only and no tumble dry. I wish they had more options in the length.
October 14, 2014
Great looking jeans that are protective and have a comfortable feel. I could wear these jeans all day if the knee pads are removed. Awesome, but expensive.
September 10, 2014
These Should Be Rated Higher!
The Alpinestars Hellcat Kevlar Jeans are everything I have been searching for in a riding jean. You may be put off by the price, but rest assured these are worth it--especially if you are looking for a protective pant that you can wear on and off the bike.
Sizing / Comfort / Style: I'm 5'11 170lbs 32 waist. I wear Dainese Hard Shorts when I ride so I usually get a 34 pant to accommodate them. 34 in the Hellcat fits perfectly--not too snug. The stretch panel at the back isn't something you find in typical riding denim and definitely aids comfort and motion when seated. Cut and style are just what I was hoping for. The dark wash isn't accurately captured in the product photo. It is a nice deep dark wash with gold/amber contrast stitching. But probably the best feature of all is the ZIPPERED HEM! This allows you to wear protective boots such as the Sidi ST's with your jeans. Most other jeans I've tried were too fashion focused and the boot opening wasn't large enough to fit over my Sidi's.
Protection: I was comforted to see the large Kevlar panels on the seat that also continue down the sides. I previously tried the S/S Run with the Bulls Jeans that seemed to have the absolute bare minimum amount of paneling to be called kevlar jeans. The absence of CE hip protectors isn't that big of a deal to me since I usually wear armored shorts (although 5mm hip pads are included). What impressed me the most however were the CE knee protectors included with these jeans! They are 3 layers thick, layered in a design similar to the Rev'it Seesoft back protector. They offer great coverage of the knee and continue somewhat down the shin. They are much more substantial and inspire greater confidence than the Dainese pro-shape knee protectors I am most familiar with. The Astars knee protectors line up perfectly for me, but for those for whom they don't, sell them and consider getting a set of strapping knee guards!
So to sum up these pants were everything I was looking for in a riding jean. In my view the Hellcats strike a great balance of style and protection, and are way more versatile than a more focused textile touring pant or race leathers. I think I may need to go and sell my Dainese Nevada 0K jeans now. . .
May 30, 2014